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No matter whether you live in a historic home or a brand-new apartment, eventually there’s a good chance your hot water heater is going to stop working.

While this is often a problem associated with wintertime, it does happen year round and no one wants to wake up to an ice cold shower in the morning — even in the summer!

While the warm months offer a great chance to have a professional do a seasonal check-up and maintenance on your home’s hot water heater, the reality is that many times water heaters are ignored until there’s a problem.

If you’re one of the many folks in the Massachusetts area dealing with a busted water heater, a big decision is whether to go with a gas, electric, oil or propane option.

Electric Heaters vs. Gas Heaters

Installing an electric water heater can often be an arduous process that requires quite a bit of time and can be more trouble than it’s worth if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Installing a water heater can be very tricky as it not only requires turning off the water, but disconnecting wiring and hook-ups, draining the water heaters, soldering, as well as moving the heavy water heaters around.

Utilizing gas water heaters over the alternative of electric is much more cost effective as gas prices are lower. Generally, these heaters work extremely well and the hot water that comes from a gas heater lasts longer.

In Massachusetts, only a professionally-licensed plumber and gas fitter is allowed to install any kind being gas electric or oil water heater. Home owners are not allowed to do this work.

In many areas there are handymen that advertise water heater installation, but beware that unless they are licensed by the state they are breaking the law.

And you might have a problem with your insurance company because only a license plumber can take out a permit from the city or town that you live in.

That’s why it’s best to consult with a licensed plumber for gas water heaters in the state of MA. Rapid Response has maintained its MA license 8679 for 40 years in the Massachusetts area and is always available to help with installation.

This goes especially for old houses, it is best to call a professional plumber to deal with your water heater problems.

Luckily, the plumbing professionals at Rapid Response are available to help at any time and have plenty of experience fixing and installing water heaters of all kinds. Contact us today for help! 

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